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He knows the Central Coast Mariners well after a stint with the club as a youth player. Now, Kwabena Appiah-Kubi wants to start against them in the A-League grand final

GOAL.com Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA


Kwabena Appiah-Kubi - the man likely to replace suspended Western Sydney Wanderers' team-mate Youssouf Hersi - hopes he can get the chance to prove a "good luck charm" if called upon for the A-League grand final.

Hersi's dismissal for a second yellow card in last Friday's semi-final win over Brisbane Roar ruled him out of Sunday's decider against the Central Coast Mariners, with Appiah-Kubi, 20, leading the candidates to replace the Dutchman.

An ex-National Youth League player for the Mariners, Appiah-Kubi told Football Australia he would be ready to face his former club if called upon by Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

"You don't really like to celebrate getting the opportunity at someone else's expense but in the end that's football and hopefully the coach has the confidence to start me," Appiah-Kubi told the website.

The New Zealand-born winger departed the Mariners in 2012 after failing to make the step up from the NYL, claiming a second chance when his form for New South Wales Premier League club Parramatta FC alerted the Wanderers.

He was with the Mariners long enough to grasp exactly what to expect on Sunday, but also hinted his presence in the Wanderers' XI may bring his side some fortune.

"They are going to be a very tough match, no doubt about that, they are a compact unit with a great tactical coach in Graham Arnold; but the Mariners have been unlucky throughout the years, hopefully that luck is still out," he said.

"Maybe I'm a bit of a good-luck charm for my side as well, I won the National Youth League last year with the Mariners and won the Premiership here with the Wanderers, and am just one game away from the grand final win with the Wanderers.  If I do that I've won every major championship I can in this country."

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